iFly Indoor Skydiving Preparing For Construction Near St. Johns Town Center

Foundation work is about to take off for the iFly Indoor Skydiving venue near St. Johns Town Center.

The city is reviewing permits for site work and construction of the foundation and building on 1.14 acres at 10579 Brightman Blvd., south of Topgolf, according to our Daily Record news partner.

ARCO/Murray Construction Co. of Tampa is the contractor.

Plans show the 5,000-square-foot enclosed building will rise 59 feet and 6 inches that make way for the fans and tunnel that allow patrons to simulate skydiving.

Sky Entertainment paid $738,644 for the site, which is next to a proposed Holiday Inn Express & Suites, on Jan. 10.

Construction costs and the land purchase total almost $9 million.

Managing Partner Chester Schwartz said in July he estimated the development cost at $10 million to $12 million.

Sky Entertainment LLC of St. Augustine will develop the project. The architect is GMA Architects Inc. of St. Louis.

Austin, Texas-based iFly calls itself “the experiential entertainment company that created modern indoor skydiving.”

It developed technology that creates a wall-to-wall air cushion generated by giant fans in a flight chamber.

Schwartz said in July that the Jacksonville iFly should open about October 2018.

The iflyworld.com site shows 29 locations in 14 states. Three operate in Florida in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa. It also operates internationally.

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